The Brown Thrashers 2020 Raptorthon
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Saturday, April 18, 2020
Raptorthon is our spring tradition! For the past ten years, My husband Phil and I and our two children have been conducting Raptorthons around our state of NH, along the Connecticut River in VT , down in Cape Cod, MA and along a road trip to MD. It’s a great way to celebrate spring migration and raise money for something that is very important to us – raptor migration and conservation.
Well this year, we planned to return to one of our favorite places – Cape Cod, MA – for our Raptorthon adventure – but due to the Coronavirus, we are shifting our plans. We will now be doing a BIG DAY Raptorthon here from our property here in NH.
Although maybe not as exciting as a day spent birding along the outer Cape, our yard is pretty special too and we love spending time here. Throughout our Raptorthon day, we will explore our 22 acres of peach and apple orchard, forest and brook and probably spend a lot of time in they yard and garden. Our goal is to find and record as many bird species as we can. Mid April here in NH is an exciting time for new arrivals so we expect to see some migrants including a few new warblers and hopefully plenty of raptors! Our new typical stay-at-home daily routine involves a lot of outside time so this Raptorthon challenge should be easy and a lot of fun for the kids.
Fingers crossed for good weather and cooperative children as we strive to reach our goal of seeing/hearing as many bird species and raptors as we can find. And if the kids aren’t cooperative, we’ll just make them go inside – one bonus of doing a Raptorthon from home!
Please support the Brown Thrashers with a Raptorthon donation. All funds support raptor conservation programs at HMANA like our citizen science database, HawkCount.org, our Junior Hawkwatcher Program and our Hawk Watch Fund (annual grants for watch sites).